Poor Oscar sacrificed so much for so little
I don't think I have ever seen a worse ensemble cast. I have seen many
a high school play with better acting. All the most basic mistakes are
made. It should only be shown to young aspiring actors as a training
video in what not to do. Students: note the grossly ineffective vocal
inflections, the myopic combinations of fake-English-lord and
California slurring, the twitching rather than walking, the
gesticulating wildly while raising shoulders and rocking back and forth
and jerking the head. Note with what genius the actor begins in the
high register and marches upward every higher toward what someone in
rehearsal must have underlined as the key word. Ahhh and the key word
turns out to always be an adjective and always "but-no-cigar" close to
a word Oscar surely worried over a bit more.
Clearly the whole budget was spent on hiring the locations and nothing
was left over to hire any talent to stand in front of them...
Horror is definitely the right genre for this picture but I doubt it
was the horror that the Director intended..
Glad Wilde himself does not have to watch it...
What a shame! i can't believe i have watched it till the end! Basil a
woman? it just spoiled everything. how about "the love that dare not
speak its name", "such love as Michael Angelo had known, and Montaigne,
and Winckelmann, and Shakespeare himself"? how can the director justify
himself about the secrecy hidden in the picture that Basil does not
want to reveal at first, and HIS confession to Dorian later? If basil
is a woman, what's the necessary of putting these in the film any more?
And divided the work into "influence", "sin", "redemption", etc? It
just cut Wilde's masterpiece and his thoughts into pieces, and ruin the
intricacy of the original work. The director just imposed his
interpretation of the novel upon us, which unfortunately, I can hardly
agree. What's more, he ruined all the characters, Basil, Dorian (what's
the use of the bed scene with Sybil? and the wedding of Basil and
Henry, by the way?) and Henry finally. Why replacing Campbell, who
disposed Basil's body, with Henry?! Henry is supposed to be a
spectator, staying unmoved in this story. It's far too away from his
cynical aphorism, which seems as one of the only things left in this
version worth watching. Forgive me for being so angry at this film. I
just cannot stand Oscar Wilde's masterpiece being ruined like that. I
know everyone has a different understanding at this work, but i really
don't think it would be what the writer himself wanted to reveal or
rather conceal. I wish I hadn't watched it. Yet, fortunately, Wilde
himself does not have to!.